Spiritual Maturity Is For Ministry

Your attitude must be like my own, for I, the Messiah, did not come to be served, but to serve and to give my life. Matthew 20:28 (LB)

We are commanded to serve God. Jesus was very clear: “Your attitude must be like my own, for I, the Messiah, did not come to be served, but to serve and to give my life” (Matthew 20:28 LB).

For Christians, service is not something to be tacked onto our schedules if we can spare the time. It is the heart of the Christian life. Jesus came “to serve” and “to give”—and those two verbs should define your life on earth, too.

Jesus taught that spiritual maturity is never an end in itself. Maturity is for ministry! We grow up in order to give out. It is not enough to keep learning more and more. We must act on what we know and practice what we claim to believe. Study without service leads to spiritual stagnation.

The last thing many believers need is to go to another Bible study. They already know far more than they are putting into practice. They need to exercise their spiritual muscles by serving others.

Serving is the opposite of our natural inclination. Most of the time we’re more interested in “serve us” than service. But, as we mature in Christ, the focus of our lives should increasingly shift to living a life of service. The mature follower of Jesus stops asking, “Who’s going to meet my needs?” and starts asking, “Whose needs can I meet?”

Take a look at this new curriculum from Saddleback Resources: Raising Your Kids without Raising Your Blood Pressure


Give hope, prayer, and encouragement below. Post a comment & talk about it.


SIGN UP FOR PASTOR RICK’S FREE DAILY HOPE DEVOTIONAL

SIGN UP FOR DAILY HOPE DEVOTIONAL

Special Offer

canyouhearmenow-gift-bottom-left

Son of God Study Kit

What would happen if you applied the lessons from events in Jesus’ life—temptation, suffering, death, resurrection—to your own? This DVD study, based on producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s major theatrical release, Son of God, features New York Times bestselling author Pastor Rick Warren as he explains how you can find your purpose in studying the life of Jesus.

REQUEST YOUR COPY

On the Radio

canyouhearmenow-currentseries-bottom-right

Can You Hear Me Now? Audio Series

God made you to love you, and he wants you to know him as well as he knows you. To have a relationship with him, you have to communicate! In this series, Pastor Rick walks through the reasons and means God uses to speak to you and how you need to respond so that you can recognize his voice and respond in obedience.

Purchase this seriesListen to this series